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Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 112
Beer Ratings: 2,979
Beer Avg: 3.82

Taps: 10 / Bottles: 8
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y

223 Ratings
Ratings: 223
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

56 Market St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3705
United States
phone: (603) 431-1115

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The Portsmouth Brewery will typically have 6-7 of their own biers on tap, plus usually 3 from their sister brewery, Smuttynose. They may also have a guest tap on, which has seen Moat Mountain and Sierra Nevada as recent "guests". Growlers cost $4.00 for the glassware, then $10 to $18 for the actual brew, depending on the style. Be advised, they don't usually growler any of their stouts. Also available in the pub are 22oz bottles of Smuttynose Big Beers, plus their "Brewers Cellar" offerings, with items such as Chimay and Ommegang. The adjacent store sells a wide array of high-quality clothing, as well as 22oz "bombers" of Portsmouth bier, ranging in cost from $5 to $10.

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Photo of arnold931


4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

We were there on a nice summer day. Sat outside on the patio. They had a nice selection of beers available. They also have a great gift shop with a good selection of tee shirts and glassware. The staff was very friendly and Portsmouth is a nice town to visit. A tip...don't try to drive downtown. Just park and start walking.

10-21-2013 01:15:43 | More by arnold931
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$

our first stop on a maine coast brewery trip, lots of fun. right in the heart of old Portsmouth, the location is unbeatable. sprawling dining room, loud and chatty. we were lucky enough to be seated in the quaint courtyard reminiscent of European cafes. cozy back there, there were maybe 7 beers on, and a handful of sister smuttynose brews as well. all were decent, save maybe the wild thang, but the experimental pale ale was lovely, and the food was all impressive for the price. fresh chowder and pretzel bun topped the list for me. cool atmosphere back there to just hang out and session beers. service was okay, I think he had a dip in his mouth, but was friendly and seemed to care a bit about the beer. I would call this a must stop in a very cool little city. get yourself in the courtyard though, very relaxing on a nice summer day. bathroom doors are also really cool, for whatever that's worth.

08-18-2013 03:15:29 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Boto


4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I’ve been coming here ocasi9onally for over 15 years while passing through the area. It has never disappointed me. They always have a good selection of beers on tap, and are always solid. Sometimes there are some more adventuresome brews available, such as the Strawberry Rhubarb Berliner Weiss that was up on my most recent visit. It is in a nice older building in downtown Portsmouth. I always enjoy the ambiance of these old places with the high ceilings. The food is pub fare, but with some more "modern" variations to some of it. The service has always been great.

07-31-2013 18:51:45 | More by Boto
Photo of Birdsong73


4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$

This was the one place I wanted to go when I went to Portsmouth. Luckily for me, the couple who I was visiting also wanted to go there. The first impression I had was the bar and restaurant area is adorned with finished wood. There are no neon signs or random pieces of "beer art". There were some televisions, but they were not obtrusive. In the back of the eating area is a series of large windows that allows you to view the large beer vats. Over the main bar is a series of hand designed signs identifying which beers were on tap. They had approximately twelve beers on tap, most of which were their various beers, but they also had a couple of Smuttynose as well. They covered many different beer tastes from an IPA, to an Irish stout, to light lagers, etc. Obviously it is the beer that brings people there, but it is the food that brings them back. The food at this place is top notch. Besides the high quality of the food, the Brewery has a philosophy that they want to use local farms for all/most of their foods. It is all handmade of exceptional quality. I had the fish sandwich and the fish was caught about thirty minutes from Portsmouth and was fresh. It was so good, that my wife and I went back a second time. The place is awesome and an incredible establishment in Portsmouth. If you are close to Portsmouth, I encourage you to go. You won't be disappointed.

07-28-2013 02:32:23 | More by Birdsong73
Photo of csniezek


4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

I make a point of stopping by here pretty much any time I'm in the neighborhood. There's always something awesome on tap, and their house-made pastrami sandwich is to die for. I just need to be more careful about bringing back their growlers when I'm done with 'em.

Oh, and parking is only $0.75 an hour right around the corner. How do you top that?

07-18-2013 06:20:58 | More by csniezek
Photo of ZEB89


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

Right on one of the main streets in downtown Portsmouth, easy to find. Very lively atmosphere, energetic and fun! Wait staff was very helpful and friendly, they even were educated in the nuances in the beers on tap, which is rare. There were ten taps, 8 from Portsmouth Brewery and 2 from Smuttynose which rotate quite frequently, again not the most taps but all local. Food was the average pub food, burgers, sandwiches, etc, but with more flavor. Definitely recommended for another visit if you are into the local brewery scene.

06-02-2013 14:02:13 | More by ZEB89
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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$

Over the years, I have been here several times. For me, it is usually a nice "rest stop" while driving to/from different parts of Maine. Thankfully, it is not very far off I-95. The only real trick is finding parking, especially during peak times when the weather is warm.

Anyways, they do a steady business and thus it can be hectic at times. Despite that, their staff is quite attentative to their thirsty patrons. And for those who are unsure about a certain beer on type, they will give you a small sample before you commit, which is always appreciated. Aside from Portsmouth beers, they always have a few Smuttynose options and small selection from other craft brewers such as Founders on tap.

The food is above average, they have the typical burgers and sandwiches, but also mussels and few other offerings that aren`t typical "pub grub". The meals have always hit the spot for me and are a good thing to have when one has a couple beers here. For those who want to same brew home, they will fill a growler to go. Or you can grab a bomber at the adjoining retail, as well as shirts, glassware and other swag.

05-16-2013 00:38:05 | More by mltobin
Photo of JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

This is my favorite place to go in the NH seacoast area. The atmosphere is great. I like the open feel of the main dining room and the bar. It's usually pretty packed and lively during dinner hours. The beer selection is good, with brews from both the brewpub and Smuttynose. Lastly, the food is phenomenal. Everything I've had has been delicious and well presented. Their chef and kitchen also do a great job changing up the specials daily and they make a lot of beer inspired dishes. Awesome place.

05-13-2013 21:17:09 | More by JuliusCaesar
Photo of MThiele360

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

What can I say about the Portsmouth Brewery that hasn't already been said? I live about 40 minutes away in the Manchester area but I still manage to be a regular here.

The atmosphere at the Portsmouth Brewery can often hinge on when you're there. The upstairs restaurant attracts everyone from college kids to families with small children. On summer nights and weekends, the wait for a table can be lengthy. On weekday afternoons, you can't go wrong with Donna behind the upstairs bar. I also like the lounge for early evenings and weekend afternoons, but it can attract a bit of a college "bro" crowd in the late evenings (like most places in Portsmouth).

The quality of the beers is very high, and has stayed that way since Tyler Jones has taken over for Tod Mott. It's a brewpub so there's going to be good ones and not-so-good ones, but Tyler is doing a nice job keeping the beers consistently good as well as introducing some new beers and styles. One of the things I think makes the Portsmouth Brewery stand out is their willingness to experiment, with new beers being introduced all the time.

The service is one of the best aspects of the Brewery, and is what keeps us locals coming back in. Even if you're only in once every couple of weeks, they remember you and are all very friendly. All of the bartenders are knowledgable about the beers and you can often find Tyler sitting at the lounge bar in the early evenings.

Selection is varied. Typically they have 6 of their own brews on tap as well as 4 "guest" taps (usually from sister brewery Smuttynose but they often have other brews on). On occasion, some of the guest taps get pushed out in favor of more house beers. They also have one cask engine. The styles vary by season - they usually have some entry-level stuff (a pale, a blonde) on for the tourists and novices that wander in, but the styles they have in rotation run the gamut. I gravitate towards the IPAs and farmhouse ales they do.

I give high rankings to the food. Everything is very well crafted and they have something for everyone, whether you have vegetarians in your party or you're looking for a steak. They have weekly specials, a catch of the day, as well as a different cheap food item Sun-Thu in the lounge. $1 taco Tuesdays can't be beat.

Overall, the Portsmouth Brewery is still a must-stop in what is becoming a clogged Portsmouth craft beer market.

05-10-2013 19:58:44 | More by MThiele360
Photo of Kit


4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Portsmouth Brewery is a great place to grab a beer, lunch, dinner, or a quick snack. They also serve good cocktails, wine, and local sodas. Their scratch kitchen serves up locally sourced seafood, veggies, and meats, with regular daily specials, and other "special specials." It is one of my fave places to eat and drink, and a regular lunch stop!

It's a little loud--old brick and metal, but the side dining room is a bit quieter. Beers are posted in large, colorful chalked letters in several locations in the establishment. The bathroom doors are made from old brewing tanks!

Their food is really tasty and made from scratch right there. There's an Asian-fusion influence--(curried mussels, Korean beef tacos, miso soup), some Mediterranean touches (falafel, hummus), and great bar food snacky staples--a daily devilled egg, Ploughman's plate of in house charcuterie that's a cheese, a couple meats, a jam made with one of the beers, coarse mustard, cornichons, and a pretzel roll (today's had Capicola, Pork House Pate, NH Brie, and Orange Marmalade with Sage and Hefeweizen.)

The servers are friendly and know a lot about their beer, and beer in general. It's a popular, busy place, and service is efficient. They don't take reservations, except if you want to reserve the "big table" in the back for a good sized group--check the website for more info! ALSO they validate parking in the shop, and have 2 gender neutral bathrooms by the shop, in addition to the restrooms in the main dining area.

They post their specials on Facebook, including what's on tap, in the cask and wine and beer cocktail daily specials.

They have an imperial pint club for a fee, and a rewards program. They have tasting paddles, and it's usually possible to taste a beer before you order it, as well as to order a half (8 oz) beer. They use proper glassware--ie Pilseners are served in pilsener glasses, saisons in globes, etc. And there is glassware, t-shirts, beer ephemera from both PB and SmuttyNose Brewery in the shop next door.

05-07-2013 02:33:42 | More by Kit
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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
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